David Swenson

Associate Professor of Ceramics and Sculpture

Email: david.swenson@ndsu.edu

Office: Renaissance Hall 324C 

Phone:  (701) 231-8691



M.F.A., University of Minnesota

Minneapolis B.F.A., Kansas City Art Institute



As Associate Professor in the Department of Visual Arts at North Dakota State University, David Swenson is responsible for teaching 3-dimensional art classes including: ceramics, sculpture, design, and woodworking.  His areas of interest include Korean and Asian Ceramics, wood-fired ceramics, functional ceramics, sculpture (including wood carving and metalwork), architecture, furniture design, and woodworking. As an artist, David Swenson focuses his ideas on how forms represent different materials and how they occupy space.  His work has been shown in several national juried, invitational, and touring exhibits.

Recently he participated in a residency and research at the International Ceramic Studio in Kecskemet, Hungary.


Ask Me

Who are your role models or inspiring folks?
My father.

Outside of art and design fields, what inspires you?

What do you wish you had known when you started out as a student/in this field?
More of everything.

What was your most memorable meal?
Today, Holy Donuts Maple Donut in Portland Maine with the Blueberry coffee.


In your office, you can only have three things, one book, one tool, and one picture. What would they be and why?
My Fronius Maxsteal 2200 because I could build whatever other tools I need with this welder. My Mac "Book" Pro to look up and read anything I could possibly need or want. A picture of my family to remind me of what is most important.


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